Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and instructor who is best known for his choke-out of Royler Gracie while still a brown belt. This grappling win took place at the 2003 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championships.
He began wrestling in high school, which later led to his burgeoning interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In April 1996, he first enrolled in jiu-jitsu classes in Hollywood, California.
In 2003, after earning his jiu-jitsu black belt, he founded his non-traditional 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu system. Soon after, he opened his first training academy called 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu in Los Angeles, California. He has served as the owner, operator, and head instructor there.
He was born and raised in Santa Ana, California.